Photograph of Dr Kyle Young.Dr Kyle Young

Lecturer
PhD

Contact

Email: kyy@aber.ac.uk
Office: 2.05 Edward LLwyd Building, Penglais Campus
Phone: +44(0)1970 621633

Teaching Areas

Research

I use comparative, observational and experimental approaches to address questions spanning intersections of behavioural, evolutionary, community and applied ecology. I am interested in both addressing fundamental questions in ecology and ensuring science informs resource management policy and practice. Most of my research involves freshwater ecosystems and fishes, and falls under five broad themes:

  • fisheries and river ecosystem management
  • competition and community ecology
  • sexual selection and lekking behaviour
  • adaptive radiation
  • invasion biology

In addition to external funding opportunities, Aberystwyth University and IBERS have various competitive funding schemes that provide tuition and stipend support to conduct PhD research. I am always looking for motivated, ambitious graduate students who want to conduct creative and independent research. Have a look at our lab webpage to get a feel for the kind of work we do. If the questions we ask or systems we work on interest you, get in touch. When doing so, include a CV, transcript and a brief (≈ 1 page) description of the kind of research you might want to do. This will allow you to demonstrate your ability to identify interesting questions and describe how they might be answered. Prospective students should have excellent academic records. Whilst you should have received good marks in relevant subjects, a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research is equally, if not more, important.

Biography

I started out as a plant ecologist. During my undergraduate degree (Brown University) I studied the evolutionary ecology of English plantain and the paleoforestry of post-glacial North America.  Following a year of graduate work in forestry at the University of Washington, I worked for fisheries and forestry agencies across the Pacific Northwest of the United States. After PhD (University of British Columbia) and post-doctoral (Simon Fraser University) research on interspecific competition and sexual size dimorphism, I worked on adaptive radiation and sexual selection at the University of Bern in Switzerland, and on aquaculture and invasion biology at the Universidad de Los Lagos in Southern Chile. I joined IBERS in 2013 after spending four years working with the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales as a fisheries biologist and Water Framework Directive advisor.

Selected Publications

  • Young, K.A. 2013. The balancing act of captive breeding programmes: salmon stocking and angler catch statistics. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 20:434-444.
  • VonLanthen, P., Bittner, D., Hudson, A.G., Young, K.A., Muller, R., Lundsgaard-Hansen, B., Roy, D., DiPiazza, S., Largiader, C.R., and Seehausen, O. 2012. Eutrophication causes speciation reversal in whitefish adaptive radiations. Nature 482:357-362.
  • Young, K.A.,  M.J. Genner, M. Haesler and D. A. Joyce. 2010. Sequential female assessment drives complex sexual selection on bower shape in a cichlid fish. Evolution 64:2246-2263.
  • Young, K.A., J. Dunham, J. Stephenson, A. Terreau, A. Thailly,  G. Gajardo,  and C. Garcia de Leaniz 2010.  A trial of two trouts: comparing the impacts of rainbow and brown trout on a native galaxiid. Animal Conservation 13:399-410.
  • Young, K.A., J. Snoeks, and O. Seehausen. 2009. Morphological diversity and the roles of chance, contingency and determinism during African cichlid radiations.  PLoS ONE 4(3):e4740.
  • Young, K.A.,  M.J. Genner, M. Haesler and D. A. Joyce. 2009.  Hotshots, hotspots and female preference: exploring lek formation models with a bower building cichlid fish.  Behavioral Ecology 20:609-615.
  • Young, K.A. 2005. Life history variation and allometry for sexual size dimorphism in Pacific salmon and trout. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 272: 167-172.
  • Young, K.A. 2004. Asymmetric competition, habitat selection and niche overlap in juvenile salmonids. Ecology 85: 134-149.
  • Young, K.A. 2000. Riparian zone protection in the Pacific Northwest: Who’s cutting what? Environmental Management 26:131-144.
  • Young, K.A. 1999. Managing the decline of Pacific salmon: metapopulation theory and artificial recolonization as ecological mitigation. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 1700-1706.

Staff Links

Publications

2015

James, J.., Slater, F.., Young, K., Vaughan, I., Cable, J. 2015. Comparing the ecological impacts of native and invasive crayfish: could native species translocation do more harm than good? Oecologia 178 (1) pp. 309-316. 10.1007/s00442-014-3195-0 Other

2014

Selz, O.M., Lucek, K., Young, K.A., Seehausen, O. 2014. Relaxed trait covariance in interspecific cichlid hybrids predicts morphological diversity in adaptive radiations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27 (1) pp. 11-24. 10.1111/jeb.12283

2013

Young, K.A. 2013. The balancing act of captive breeding programmes: salmon stocking and angler catch statistics. Fisheries Management and Ecology 20 (5) pp. 434-444. 10.1111/fme.12032

2012

Vonlanthen, P., Bittner, D., Hudson, A.G., Young, K.A., Müller, R., Lundsgaard-Hansen, B., Roy, D., Di Piazza, S., Largiader, C.R., Seehausen, O. 2012. Eutrophication causes speciation reversal in whitefish adaptive radiations. Nature 482 (7385) pp. 357-362. 10.1038/nature10824

2010

Young, K.A., Genner, M.J., Haesler, M.P., Joyce, D.A. 2010. Sequential female assessment drives complex sexual selection on bower shape in a cichlid fish. Evolution 64 (8) pp. 2246-2253. 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.00984.x

2009

Young, K.A., Snoeks, J., Seehausen, O., 2009. Morphological Diversity and the Roles of Contingency, Chance and Determinism in African Cichlid Radiations. PLoS One 4 (3) e4740 10.1371/journal.pone.0004740 Other

Young, K.A., Whitman, J.M., Turner, G.F. 2009. Secondary contact during adaptive radiation: a community matrix for Lake Malawi cichlids. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22 (4) pp. 882-889. 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01688.x